‘Next-Generation’ Satellite Launch Plans Developed

As recent stories in RF Report have illustrated, next generation handheld communications device will not only talk to terrestrial networks, but to satellites as well. Earlier this week Mobile Satellite Ventures LP and joint venture partner Mobile Satellite Ventures (Canada) announced they had contracted with ILS International Launch Services to launch one of two high-powered “next generation” satellites in 2009. The satellites are designed to provide “seamless, transparent and ubiquitous broadband wireless coverage of North and Central America to consumer electronic devices.”

The satellites, which are being constructed by Boeing, will be located at 101 degrees and 107.3 degrees west longitude, The coverage map shows a footprint over all 50 American states, Canada, Central America and the northern part of South America. ILS plans to launch the MSV spacecraft on a Proton/Breeze M vehicle from the Balkonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Alexander H. Good, MSV Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, commented, “This launch will usher in a new era in integrated satellite-terrestrial communications where consumers throughout North America can enjoy broadband services at lower costs per bit with the flexibility to support a range of custom IP applications. We have teamed with a world-class provider who combined a fair price and program flexibility, allowing us to deliver ahead of our regulatory milestones.”

Doug Lung

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack. A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.